10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 25th (Sun), cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then stroll through Sheep Lakes, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Estes Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Kansas City to Estes Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kansas City to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Cliff Palace and Long House will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Zipline. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Far View Sites). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durango trip maker website.

Fly from Estes Park to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: high temperatures in Durango hover around 86°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 30th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then view the masterpieces at Art on 8th.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs itinerary planner.

You can fly from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buena Vista online trip builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and then ride a horse along Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.